Kira Erickson

Orca encounter

A Freeland family out for a walk last week experienced something they likely won’t see again soon. While exploring a beach near Holmes Harbor, Darci… Continue reading

Island eatery serves up kindness

A South Whidbey restaurant is shifting its resources towards delivering care packages for community members who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, or… Continue reading

Police academy closures delay officer hires

Among the many unintended consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak is a delay in getting new police officers added to Whidbey police forces. The Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Nature-based school on Whidbey adapts to social distancing

During times of social distancing and school closures, a primarily outdoor school has had to shift some of its interaction online for students, a first… Continue reading

Langley votes to defer utility payment late fees

The city of Langley has decided to extend the suspension of late fees for utility payments until one full billing cycle after the end of… Continue reading

Langley names new finance director, clerk

During the Langley city council meeting on Monday, Mayor Tim Callison announced his selection of Monica Felici for the job of finance director-city clerk. He… Continue reading

Village by the Sea gains creative district designation

Langley has officially been designated the fourth “creative district” by the Washington State Arts Commission. Currently, only three other cities in the state hold the… Continue reading

Easter baskets for those in need

Whidbey kids may be receiving an early visit this year from the Easter Bunny — or perhaps, the Easter Dinosaur. A Freeland resident, her family… Continue reading

Whidbey Island clinics try new ways of treating patients

During times when telecommuting and teleconferencing are seemingly the new norm, it’s only natural that telemedicine should also follow. Pediatric Associates of Whidbey Island began… Continue reading

Deadline for property taxes won’t be extended

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Island County will not be extending the deadline to pay property taxes this year. The due date for payments will remain… Continue reading

Whidbey Island clinics trying out telemedicine

During times when telecommuting and teleconferencing are the new norm, it’s only natural that telemedicine should also follow. Pediatric Associates of Whidbey Island began holding… Continue reading

Residents craft face masks in response to shortage

Sometimes problems require creative solutions. In the midst of a shortage of masks, people across Whidbey are working hard to provide replacements for health care… Continue reading

Nonprofit redirecting grant funds to relief

A Langley nonprofit dedicated to economic and community development has decided to direct its funds towards providing relief during COVID-19. The Goosefoot Community Fund’s annual… Continue reading

Island distiller brewing up hand sanitizer

In response to the growing demand for hand sanitizer, one of Whidbey’s distilleries is fulfilling requests and converting its alcohol for this purpose. Cadée Distillery… Continue reading

Photo by Georgia Edwards
                                David Welton has been building a 1/6 scale model of a 1916 Bristol M-1C, a British WW1 fighter named “Red Devil.” With more time spent at home recently, he estimates the project will be finished within the next few weeks. For story, see page A2.

He’s a model for using quarantine time constructively

With recent orders from the governor to stay home, several Whidbey residents have leapt at the opportunity to finish long-term projects started months ago. David… Continue reading

Photo by Georgia Edwards
                                David Welton has been building a 1/6 scale model of a 1916 Bristol M-1C, a British WW1 fighter named “Red Devil.” With more time spent at home recently, he estimates the project will be finished within the next few weeks. For story, see page A2.

Outdoor observance

Although public gatherings are banned and many church services suspended, an Episcopalian priest and Langley resident was looking for a way to celebrate safely. While… Continue reading

Ferry ridership dips significantly

Following similar trends in other forms of public transportation, ferry routes connecting Whidbey Island to the rest of the state have seen a drop in… Continue reading

School lunch program begins for all students on break

Starting Monday, all South Whidbey children will be able to receive “grab and go” lunches from the school district. According to a letter from Superintendent… Continue reading

Mayor declares state of emergency, closes city hall

The mayor for the Village by the Sea signed a proclamation of emergency Monday, in compliance with county, state and federal declarations. Declaring an emergency… Continue reading

Langley council defers decision on sidewalk construction bid

The public works department of Langley is looking to begin a new sidewalk improvement project. Funded by a federal grant, a bid was recommended to… Continue reading